Sunday, July 29, 2012

Caution: Beware of scam on international calls at local call rates

The Central Crime Branch sleuths, with the help of the officials of Bharat Sanchar NigamLimited(BSNL), busted a telephone exchange racket functioning  for several months. The expose came after the arrest of the kingpin of the racket in Chandigarh last week.

Those involved in the racket used to convert international calls into local calls with the help of a foreign company, Speedflow.  The accused, working in a local exchange, used to avail of over 800 Vodafone SIM cards with unlimited plansThese cards were routed through Speedflow's website, which converted international calls into local calls.

Since the calls bypassed BSNL routers, it resulted in losses running into crores of rupees to the company.  The racketeers sold the SIM cards to people and company officials who made international calls at local call rates.

The arrested were Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Praveen, Rama Rao, and GN SaptadriPolice seized modems and other electronic gadgets worth Rs25 lakh from them.

Mohinder Pal Saini, who operated a long-distant illegal telephone call exchange from Chandigarh to facilitate calls generating from his Bangalore exchange was arrested. Saini, a Canadian national, revealed that the exchange was run with the help of two Hong Kong-based people identified as Shafeeq and Ajaib Singh Dhillon, who provided them the technical support. The hardware was supplied by Mahesh Gridhar, a resident of Chennai. Anand Mishra, a resident of Nepal, too gave them technical assistance.

The money involved in the scam runs into several crores and the police are trying to trace the flow of money to various bank accounts.

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